USS Underwood En Route to Haiti


Story Number: NNS100116-25Release Date: 1/16/2010 4:49:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Leona Mynes, U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA (NNS) -- The frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) stopped overnight at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Jan. 15 while en route to earthquake-devastated Haiti.

The naval station provided logistical support to Underwood while the ship prepared for its humanitarian aid mission in the Caribbean.

"[The naval station] is going to provide us with fuel, food and water before we leave tomorrow to head down to Haiti," said Ens. Kim Hanson, Underwood's public affairs officer.

When Underwood departs Guantanamo Bay, she will sail approximately 200 miles east to provide support for disaster relief and humanitarian aid for earthquake victims.

"We've been preparing for a mission like this throughout our 20-week training cycle," said Cmdr. Frank Bowden, Underwood's commanding officer.

Underwood was in the midst of this training cycle when they received orders to head south, said Bowden.

"We are warfighters first and foremost, being in the military, but we are very compassionate people," Bowden said. "As far as helping our people, everyone on board our ship and in the Navy as a whole wants to make sure that the people of Haiti and whoever needs help around the world gets it."

For more news from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, visit www.navy.mil/local/guantanamo/.

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